Center on Race and Social Problems

Dean Larry Davis discusses Pittsburgh's black middle class in the Post-Gazette

Larry Davis, dean of the Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh, believes there is a logical explanation for why middle class blacks are scattered across all four corners of the Pittsburgh region rather than concentrated in historically black communities.

“At one time, Pittsburgh was quite the city for African-Americans,” Mr. Davis said, referring to the jazz scene and popular restaurants and social clubs that thrived here during the heyday of Pittsburgh’s Hill District from the 1930s to the 1950s when this city was one of the nation’s most prosperous black communities.

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